The number of commuters using the Purple Line elevated train service has increased from an average of 33,000 passengers a day to about 47,000 passengers/day since the opening of the extension from Bang Sue to Tao Poon on Aug 11.
The maximum number of passengers has increased to about 50,000 a day and during weekend, the number of passengers has soared about 32 percent from an average of 22,000/day to 29,000/day.
The long-awaited 1.2 kilometre missing rail service between the Blue Line and the Purple Line was officially opened on Aug 11 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Taopoon station.
The Purple Line which is an elevated line was opened to service in August 2016 but it attracted just 20,000 commuters a day from its target of 60,000-70,000 due to the missing 1.2km link.
Passengers using Purple Line train service are given substantial discount as a promotional campaign which is due to end by yearend and the Mass Rapid Transit Authority, the operator of the line, will review how much the train fare will be increased.
Regarding the provincial rail projects such as the train project linking Phuket airport with Chalong intersection in Phuket township, the project is expected to be submitted to the cabinet for consideration within October next year and construction is expected to commence a year afterward, with the project to become operational in 2023.
The Chiang Mai train project is expected to be approved by the cabinet in January 2019 and bidding can be held in March of the same year with construction expected to commence in March 2020.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)